Kerala Wedding Program

Hello from IWA Team,

Today, we’ll discuss events in Kerala Wedding Program.

Kerala Hindu Wedding

Nischayam

As with most arranged marriages in other Indian communities, Kerala weddings start with the matching of horoscopes If the horoscopes are compatible, then the engagement or ‘Nischayam’ and ‘Muhurtham’ or wedding dates are fixed, after consulting with family astrologers. At the Nischayam, the bride and groom exchange wedding rings and the Muhurtham date is announced. Sometimes the Nischayam takes place along with the wedding functions, at the start of the ceremonies.

Wedding eve feast

The night before the wedding, a feast is held at the bride’s home. She is blessed by the elders of her house and then served a traditional vegetarian meal. The entire extended family is present at this dinner. A similar ritual is held for the boy in his own home. In some parts of Kerala young women perform dances around a lamp, singing devotional wedding songs.

Wedding Finery and Bridegroom Arrival

Weddings are often held at the bride’s ancestral home. Sometimes to make it more convenient for all concerned, external venues are chosen. The bride is dressed in the traditional white and gold Kerala sari or Mundu and decked in gold jewelry from head to toe. The bridegroom arrives at the external venue, dressed in the traditional white dhoti-kurta, complete with gold chains, rings and bracelets. In some traditional Kerala weddings, the bridegroom would arrive at the bride’s home on an elephant. He is welcomed and honored upon his arrival by the bride’s father.

Tying the Thali and Kanyadaan

The wedding ceremony is performed, before the sacred fire to the chant of Vedic mantras by the priest. The groom ties the ‘thali’ around the bride’s neck and then they take a few steps together – three times, around the fire. Then comes the ‘kanyadaan’ ceremony where the father of the bride officially gives away his daughter’s hand in marriage to the bridegroom. Keralite Hindu weddings are best known for their wonderful simplicity and brevity!

Sparsham

‘Sparsham’ signifies a union of minds between the bride and groom. The bridegroom touches his forehead to the bride’s forehead in this ritual, while being seated in front of her. The bride then makes an offering of puffed rice into the fire. The bridegroom places his new bride’s foot on a grinding stone or ‘ammi’ which signifies the breaking of old ties and the beginning of new ones.

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